The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 to be released at ProMat 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics: Version 2.0 will be released at MHI’s ProMat 2017 tradeshow and exposition, held at McCormick Place in Chicago, and simultaneously published on Coinciding with the document’s debut, its seven authors will participate in “Get Ready for the Next 10 Years in Material Handling and Logistics,” an on-floor education session in McCormick Place’s South Hall Theater F, from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. CST to discuss its content.
The Roadmap 2.0 report and action plan is the next generation of the original Roadmap, published in January 2014. As an update of the preceding document, Roadmap 2.0 will help the supply chain industry determine how it needs to change between now and 2030. The ultimate outcome is to grow jobs, increase America’s global competitiveness and advance our standard of living. 
“The first Roadmap was called by some ‘the most important document to be published by the industry in more than 20 years,’” recalls Gary Forger, who spearheaded the effort to develop the original document during his tenure at MHI. “While it was comprehensive for the time, the staggering rate of change in the field during the past three years prompted the creation of this second edition.”
Produced in a 7-month-long process, Roadmap 2.0’s content is based on input from nearly 200 strategic thinkers—70 percent of whom did not participate in the development of the first Roadmap—including material handling and logistics practitioners, suppliers, academia, associations and government. They joined one of five roundtable events held August through November 2016. The first draft was released on January 31, 2017 for review and comments.
A seven-person writing team compiled insights from both roundtable participants and first draft reviewers the Roadmap. They include: 
Charles Edwards, North Carolina Department of Transportation
Alan Erera, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Bill Ferrell, Clemson University 
Gary Forger, Consultant to MHI
Steve Hopper, Inviscid Consulting
Dana Magliola, Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at North Carolina State University
David Schneider, We Are The Practitioners - David K Schneider & Company
MHI is providing administrative and financial support for the development of the Roadmap 2.0. The Roadmap 2.0 is a collaborative industry effort, involving five association partners and seven publication partners.
Association Partners
Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution (CELDi)
College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE)
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)
Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)
Publication Partners
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly
DC Velocity
Inbound Logistics
Logistics Management
Material Handling & Logistics
Modern Materials Handling
Supply Chain Management Review
About MHI
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers and third-party logistics providers. MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for their members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors the ProMat and MODEX expos to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals.
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